Analysis Of Avarice By Yusef Komunyakaa

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"Avarice" is a poem written by Yusef Komunyakaa that explores the theme of greed and its destructive effects on a young girl. The poem is a haunting portrait of a young girl who is consumed by her desire for material wealth and the power it brings. The imagery in the poem is vivid and intense, and it paints a picture of a young girl who is consumed by her thirst for money. She is described as to “weigh a peach in her hands - Till it rotted”(Komunyakaa 433), which emphasizes the extent to which her avarice has taken over her life. The poem ends, by saying the girl "counts eight engagement rings - At least twelve times a day"(Komunyakaa 433), which suggests that her greed has finally caught up with her. This evidence shows that the girl has been

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